An inquest has failed to establish how a retired journalist died at his Doncaster home last year.
The body of Robert Nesbitt, who lived alone, was discovered by his regular cleaner in November 2013 and the Doncaster Coroner Nicola Mundy ordered an autopsy be carried out.
But at an inquest this week, Dr Anju Verghese, consultant pathologist at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, said the cause of death was unascertained.
Mr Nesbitt lived in a bungalow in Silver Jubilee Court, Wheatley Hills.
His cleaner raised the alarm and Pc Paul White told the inquest there were no suspicious circumstances or any evidence of a third party being involved in his death.
Assistant Coroner Mark Beresford recorded an open conclusion because there was no cause of death.
Mr Nesbitt, who was better known as Bert, was 73 and a widower.
He originated from Northern Ireland and came to South Yorkshire in the mid-1970s when he joined the Doncaster Evening Post as a reporter.
Mr Nesbitt later became the paper’s chief reporter and when it folded in 1983 he took up freelance journalism, reporting Doncaster Crown Court cases.